Budget Officer, New Hanover County (continuous)

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Closing:  continuous; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received through June 14, 2018
Hiring Range:  $71,699-121,837 annually

New Hanover County is seeking a Budget Officer to become part of a dynamic, professional county organization with a clear vision as a vibrant, prosperous, diverse coastal community, committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, this position will oversee the development and implementation of the more than $300 million enterprise-wide budget. The ideal candidate is a collaborator and trusted advisor who possesses excellent communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and personnel management skills. Strong governmental budgeting, finance, accounting, and technical skills are vital in this position.

Essential Duties

  • Oversees the development of the County operating budget to include reviewing department spending requests; examining revenue estimations; and recommending changes in revenue rates and sources.
  • Prepares/oversee the preparation of long-range financial projections including overall operating projections, capital improvement plans, capital outlay and long-term repair/maintenance needs.  Recommends to the Chief Financial Officer possible financing plans to accommodate identified long-range needs.
  • Prepares and analyzes monthly financial projections through analysis of current operating expenditures and the estimation of future expenditures to include evaluating the impact on the County budget.
  • Makes recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer and/or the County Manager regarding proposed cuts and increases in service programs.
  • Advises departments on matters of budgetary management and control including addressing current and forecasting future financial problems.
  • Plans and prepares policies, guidelines, and instructions to be followed by County staff in the formulation of the annual operating budget and capital improvement plan.
  • Makes presentations related to budget and other needed areas.
  • Contributes to cross-functional work team by collaborating to solve problems.
  • Identifies gaps and needed system enhancements.
  • Supervises staff to include prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level and performs work during emergency/disaster situations.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible finance/budgeting experience that includes management level experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Other Information

Salary is negotiable within the hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Must be available to work during emergency situations.